Seventh Stakes-Winner for Pride of Dubai
Progressive colt Flying Visit (2c Pride Of Dubai x Fionnuar, by Teofilo) scored a tenacious head win in the Group III Eyrefield Stakes (1800m) at Leopardstown on Saturday to become the seventh stakes-winner worldwide for his sire Pride of Dubai.
A homebred for Jim Bolger, Flying Visit completed a magical hour for the champion trainer after landing the Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster with another of his homebred colts Mac Swiney.
It was a deserved change of luck for Flying Visit, who had been runner-up three times since famously breaking his maiden by six lengths at Listowel after veering across the track.
Flying Visit is the best of three winners from five to race out of the Teofilo mare Fionnuar, whose dam Six Nations is a sister to champion 2YO and sire Chief’s Crown.
Flying Visit is the fifth juvenile stakes-winner in Europe this year from the first Northern Hemisphere crop of Pride of Dubai, who was Australia’s Champion First Crop Sire last season.